Schmidt Wrote: Al Jazeera, March 26, 2015: Saudi and Arab allies bomb Houthi positions in YemenSaudi Arabia and a coalition of regional allies have launched a military operation in Yemen against the Houthi rebels, who deposed the US-backed Yemeni president last month. Adel al-Jubair, Saudi ambassador to the US, said on Wednesday that a coalition consisting of 10 countries, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), had begun airstrikes at 7pm Eastern time.The strife has raised fears Yemen could be torn apart by a proxy war between Shia Iran, accused of backing the rebels - and Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, which supports Hadi.It would seem that many of these conflicts in the Middle East are proxy wars between Saudi Arabia and Iran. What else is new?
TJ Wrote: On the news yesterday, "The guy" being interviewed by Al Jazeera (Not an expert - LOL) said that Saudi Military has no actual history of Military battles. It's different to do token air strikes (ISIS) to maintain relations and an image of cooperation. I have no idea about Saudi military history and I don't care enough to check Wikipedia...... but the point was that Saudi doesn't not want to get their wealthy hands dirty or bloody actually fighting. I thought that was interesting. Iran on the other hand is buddies with the US for their fighting in Iraq but on the opposite side in the Yemen conflict. Should be interesting to see how we play to both sides. In the end we would side with the Saudi's because they have 2 things that we want: Money and Oil.It's amazing how much people are willing to get involved while sitting in a multi million dollar jet versus boots on the ground. It would be nice if the US only maintained an Air force but then what would we do with all of the Bowe Bergdahls who can't otherwise find a job, and aren't smart enough to fly a jet plane. Sorry back to the topic on hand.Now as far as Saudi Military history - I watched about 20 minutes of "Lawrence of Arabia" about 6 months ago. Not sure what was going on as the part I saw was guys riding across a desert on camels (and conveniently finding an Oasis with fresh water) but it seemed they were on their way to fight somebody.This brings up my previous question (on a different thread) about Sunni's, Shia, and who's where and how many. Plus the Houthis I don't know about them. I thought I had heard them mentioned in a mass killing in Africa a few years ago.Sounds like I'm going to end up on Wikipedia whether I want to or not.
Schmidt Wrote: The Americans and their military contractors (the war profiteers) need to supply arms to one or more of the sides to make money out of these conflicts, but sometimes we end up supplying both sides. That can be a difficult sell at home, but as long as we are making the world safe for democracy and fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here, Americans are okay with that. Okay I'm being a little cynical...I've been reading too much stuff by Dutch.
jaredsxtn Wrote:Schmidt Wrote: The Americans and their military contractors (the war profiteers) need to supply arms to one or more of the sides to make money out of these conflicts, but sometimes we end up supplying both sides. That can be a difficult sell at home, but as long as we are making the world safe for democracy and fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here, Americans are okay with that. Okay I'm being a little cynical...I've been reading too much stuff by Dutch. This is something I've been trying to get a better understanding of recently. The more I read about it, the more I realize that the military industrial complex in America has and continues to fund both sides in countless civil wars and other conflicts throughout the past sixty years or so. I knew it was bad, but I never realized how bad it really was. It honestly seems like President Obama wants to try to change that, but he is up against a gargantuan lobby.He is called weak and indecisive if he doesn't send arms into Ukraine, Middle-Eastern wars, et al. He is accused of rambling and being aloof whenever he tries to educate the rest of the country about the possible perils of sending billions of dollars worth of weapons into a conflict where we don't really know who our friends or foes are. And he is labeled a traitor for not bowing down to our true Supreme Leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.I apologize--maybe I've been reading too many of Dutch's posts, as well! Maybe I need to listen to 'real Americans' like Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh, and Michele Bachmann more so they can get me back in line.
Schmidt Wrote: Mother Jones: US Weapons Have a Nasty Habit of Going AWOLOn Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that the Pentagon can't say what happened to more than $500 million worth of gear—including "small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies"—it had given to the Yemeni government. The news comes as Al Qaeda and Iranian-backed groups vie to control the country following the collapse of the country's US-backed regime in January. The Post noted that the Pentagon has stopped further shipments of aid, but the damage has been done. "We have to assume it's completely compromised and gone," an anonymous legislative aide said.The article notes that this is hardly the first time that American supplied weapons have gone missing and have been used against our own soldiers. Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya and Syria are countries where our weapons are now on the "other side". Okay my cynicism would suggest that in the minds of the arms suppliers that manufacture these weapons (the war profiteers) that's okay. It means we are getting rich supplying both sides, the capitalist dream, with nearly unlimited potential as we just up our military budget to make up for the "losses". And who cares as long as we are making the world safe for democracy. You don't support our troops you say! How unpatriotic.Thanks Dutch.
Schmidt Wrote: Republicans often say that government should be run like a corporation. They tout corporate CEO experience as being a quality of a good president. Yet if the Pentagon was indeed run like a corporation, the board of directors would long time ago have fired all the military brass with their shining medals and ribbons that they award themselves while patting each other on the back..a "good ole boys club" mentality that is not questioned. The only time any one of them get demoted is when they leak something to the press or a mistress...or question the "CEO" in public.